Informational (nonfiction), 1,548 words, Level Z1 (Grade 5+), Lexile 1130L
Multilevel Book also available in levels X and Z2
Rap music arose from the streets of New York City in the 1970s. Roots of Rap guides readers through the early history of rap music: from its origin at a young girl's block party, to an explanation of the four "pillars" (key elements) that define hip hop. The book can also be used to teach students how to determine an author's purpose for writing and the proper use of dashes. The book and lesson are also available for levels X and Z2.
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Leveled Book Lesson
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Visualize to understand text
Determine author’s purpose
Grammar and Mechanics
Recognize and use dashes
Identify and use hyphenated compound words
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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